This weekend when questioned by Jake Tapper, Donald Trump pretended he didn’t know who David Duke is, didn’t know anything about white supremacists, and refused to disavow, denounce and renounce Duke and the Ku Klux Klan.
Tapper’s interview questions were prompted by Trump’s ongoing sly encouragement of this group. Trump has taken to using twitter to belittle the media, other candidates, and anyone else who’s displeased him recently. He also retweets from his fans and anyone else he perceives as praising him. He’s made a habit of retweeting white supremacists. If you look at user names or their home page, their racists beliefs are obvious, yet Trump continues to retweet them.
Another part to this backstory is that this past week, David Duke, a former KKK Grand Wizard said, “Voting for these people, voting against Donald Trump at this point, is really treason to your heritage.”
In turn on Thursday:
“The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called on presidential candidate Donald Trump to distance himself from white nationalist and former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke, as well as other white supremacists, and publicly condemn their racism.”
So Sunday Tapper asked Trump point-blank, “Will you unequivocally condemn David Duke and say you don’t want his vote or that of other white supremacists in this election?” Rather than give an emphatic yes, Trump handled this controversy as he has handled so many others by tap-dancing around his answers with hems and haws and claims of ignorance. It was beyond ridiculous to claim he doesn’t know anything about the KKK or who David Duke is. To say he didn’t know what phrase white supremacy meant likewise beggars the imagination.
In fact, when Ted Cruz tweeted, “We should all agree, racism is wrong, KKK is abhorrent,” after the interview, less than half an hour later Trump replied, “As I stated at the press conference on Friday regarding David Duke- I disavow.” Trump is a liar. He slips in his candid statements, we see his toxic mix of progressive politics and racism, and then he backtracks and denies.
Compare that with President Reagan‘s clear and emphatic statement in 1984 on the KKK:
“President Reagan, saying he had ”no tolerance” for what the Ku Klux Klan represented, today repudiated the group’s endorsement…
”Those of us in public life can only resent the use of our names by those who seek political recognition for the repugnant doctrines of hate they espouse.
“The politics of racial hatred and religious bigotry practiced by the Klan and others have no place in this country, and are destructive of the values for which America has always stood.”
There was also more news this weekend on Trump’s adulation of tyrants. He took to twitter.
Although this Italian statement isn’t a Mussolini quote, the fact remains that the original tweet was made by someone who goes by @ilduce2016. Trump either doesn’t care or tacitly approves using Mussolini’s fascist title as identification. Given that Trump was born in 1946, I’m confident that he had enough history to know who Il Duce was.
And one more: Jay Nordlinger wrote a post quoting a 1990 interview of Trump in which he admired the strength of the Chinese government in crushing the dissidents of Tiananmin Square. This is no anomaly, despite the time lapse there is no indication Trump has changed his mind about the use of power, because during this primary season Trump has also spoken approvingly of Saddam Hussein, Moammar Qaddafi, and Putin.
Contrast that with Ted Cruz’s successful efforts to have the Senate approve renaming the Washington, D.C. street outside Chinese Embassy “Liu Xiaobo Plaza” after the Chinese dissident who has been imprisoned since 2009.
Trump is simply beyond the pale. He has an open fascination with tyrannical power that is abhorrent. Every indication points to his continuing Obama’s path of a pen and a phone if he ever gets into the White House, and will only betray his oath of office.
“Out of the mouth, the heart speaks.” If you’re thinking of voting for him, I urge you to step back and look at his words and deeds. Don’t trust in what he says today, because he will betray you the next day if it benefits him.
I’m voting for Ted Cruz tomorrow on Super Tuesday. I’m convinced that he will truly hold to the Presidential Oath of Office and “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” He has the backbone to do it.
I ask you to consider and vote for Cruz.